Saturday, June 11, 2011

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Bookworm Friday: Fairy Tale Fever

Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? My heart thumps for a Prince Charming, a happily ever after, some morals and adventure along the way... or even, when you look at the real tales, a little bit of gore!

Unless you've had your head under a rock, you've probably noticed that America is going gaga for fairy tales.

We've got movies that retell them in a classical sort of sense:

Movies that put a modern spin on things:

TV Shows are jumping on the bandwagon, and I already think I have a favorite:

Once Upon a Time will air on ABC next fall

Grimm will air on NBC next fall.
And books... there are too many to name really, but here's a few that I've either read, or want to read:

No cover art has been released yet for Cinder by Melissa Meyer,
set to release in 2012, but I can't wait to read it!

But fairy tales have been told and retold for ages. It's just that now they're gaining an extra dose of popularity. It's a Fairy Tale Fad! A Fairy Tale Fenomenon! (I know, I spelled it wrong on purpose, calm down, kids)

Or maybe just a Fairy Tale Flood. My prediction is it'll calm back down to a trickling stream eventually, so I'm going to sit back, relax, and enjoy all the retellings that are inundating me until the Powers That Be decide it is no longer "in."

And also, in the meantime, I think I'm going to brush up on my Grimms'.

Pretend the text on this isn't backwards.

Can't hurt, right?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bookworm Friday: They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, No, no, no

Twitter was on fire on Tuesday.

Some of you may have seen the hash-tag pop up as a trending topic. Of course some companies took this opportunity to promote their product (I'm looking at you @Axe), but the majority of this was in retaliation to an article published on, stating that romance novels are as addictive and harmful as pornography.

Come again?

The article contains such gems as:
"Many women do not see their love for reading romantic books as a problem"
The poor deluded fools.
"women can become as dangerously unbalanced by these books’ entrancing but distorted messages"
 OH MY GOD, a guy actually chooses and woos one woman?! Ridiculous!
AND: "Women ... may not be able to get as satisfied with their partners as they can reading a book."

But don't worry guys! Hope is not lost! The article also offers a five step plan to get through this:
Break the Addiction

  • Commit to stop reading romance books

  • Commit to working on your relationship, if you're in one

  • Find a different hobby, or find a new genre of books to enjoy

  • Invest in your real life, not fictional characters

  • Twitter BLEW UP. Authors, publishing giants,bloggers, newspapers, aspiring writers, readers, and agents, were tweeting, retweeting, and hashtagging like no one's business. The satirical hash-tag seems to have been started by author Jason Pinter. There was a little miscommunication at first as some people thought the actual death of romance was being advocated instead of just a heavy dose of sarcasm. Some of my favorite tweets included:

    "Mom, do you ever get that not-so-fresh feeling?" "Yes. From romance novels." -@SmartBitches

    Is it too much to ask to meet a nice, cute girl with a good job, great sense of humor, who occasionally turns into a were-cat? -@JasonPinter

    And now you'll never be satisfied by your husband again & you'll die cracked out on romance, alone in an alley -@maiseyyates

    So they say , but it’s the little death. C’est bon, la petite mort! -@BrennaAubrey
    (For more great ones, search the hashtag , or check out author @Jasonpinder's tweets)

    On Wednesday, the saga continued:

    Both the New Yorker and the Guardian picked up the story on Wednesday. The Guardian took a less than abrasive approach, while The New Yorker (in typical New Yorker fashion) seized the opportunity to remind us what is and is not acceptable reading. I'll give you a hint. Romance? Ain't it. They also turned their pretentious little noses up at chick-lit (again). But I'll hand it to them that they seemed to struggle with taking the article entirely seriously.

    And it also came out the the story is more or less plagiarized from this guest column on in 2007. To quote the Romance Novel TV, "Oh the irony." And to quote Author Susan Wiggs "So not only is she an idiot, she's a plagiarist as well."

    Here's my take:

    1) I was way more annoyed at the pomposity of the big-named New Yorker than this little nobody's rant
    2) I like romance novels. I also like myseries, young adult, fantasy, science fiction, chick-lit, and more. And I don't suffer from the delusion that any of those things are going to happen in my life.
    3) I think the woman's freaking insane.
    4) I love the #romancekills tweets... keep 'em coming!
    5) I feel I should care more about this as an aspiring author... but romance novels are always going to sell and really as long as the readers are happy, I don't care what this woman thinks.
    6) And plagiarizing on such a topic? Lazy. Just. Plain. Lazy.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Forget the "Rabbit, Rabbit."

    It's long been said that if the first words you speak on the first day of the month are "Rabbit, rabbit," you'll have good luck for the rest of the month. And start the month off well. It's a common British superstition, though it's not UNcommon in the U.S. The exact reason isn't clear, but it's probably related to the fact that rabbits have long been thought to be lucky animals.

    Well, I'm calling bull.

    You know why?

    Because my BILLS are due at the beginning of the month.

    For the majority of the month, when I log onto or even my bank's website, I am so happy. Because with one glance, I am happily sighing and thinking "Ah, yes. I have money! Yay, money!"

    And that is no way to start the month off on the right foot.

    But today (although I am pleasantly surprised that this Wednesday of the 4-day week still feels like a Wednesday, as opposed to double Tuesdays), I have to pay my rent. And my credit card. And my OTHER credit card.

    My sadly empty wallet

    Bye, bye money. I bid you adieu 'til Pay Day.

    If, however, you want to give the whole "Rabbit, Rabbit" thing a try and you think it's too late (I'm assuming since you're reading this, you've probably spoken at some point today), just say "tibbar, tibbar" right before you go to bed tonight.

    I kid you not.

    I couldn't make this up if I tried.

    Writing Wednesdays- Camp Nanowrimo

    If you've been following my blog for a little while, you know that last year, I participated (and fell dismally short of the 50,000 word mark) in NaNoWriMo 2010. But NaNoWriMo is now hosting an unheard of, unseasonal version of NaNoWriMo this August, themed towards summer, appropriately named: Camp NaNoWriMo.

    NaNoWriMo and sub-projects are funded by a non-profit organization called The Office of Letters and Light, and they are currently accepting donations to make both Camp Nano and this year's NaNo, bigger and better than ever. They released this picture of what the site is projected to look at on their blog and you can also find a sneak peek of a Camp Nano poster and other fun, writerly thoughts.

    And all of this adds up to mean that I have until the beginning of August to:

    1) Finish the first novel
    2) Come up with an idea for a second novel
    Aaaaand 3) Plot out said second novel

    I'm excited. And nervous.

    Here's hoping I do better this time around!

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    A blessing or a curse?

    3 day weekends feel like a godsend

    Relaxing, sleeping in until 9 o'clock (the college girl left in me could cry about that), reading and writing to my heart's content... and it's also summer which means sunshine and water! My favorite things, none of which involve work.

    And I like my job, but at the end of the day it's still a JOB. I'm not living my dream yet, which means that I start the week tomorrow on my least favorite day:


    The 3-day weekend has had the effect of lulling me into a sort of false sense of security. I've gotten almost used to being able to spend my day however I want again. And it's times like this that I wonder if the long weekend is a blessing or a curse?

    On Saturday, the weekend was a blessing. Sunday, blessing. Monday day, BLESSING.

    But it's Monday night, and I'm facing Tuesday in the early morning.

    So right now?


    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Putting the 'die' in 'Diet'

    While at home, I usually pay a visit to the family nutritionist.

    He looks over my blood work from the doctor, sets me up on any vitamins that I'm low on and lectures me on the over-the-counters that I mention (apparently Melotonin is devilishly bad for me).

    As we were paying for the newest batch of vitameatavegamins (I jest), something new happened.

    "You have a lot of nerve," the counter clerk said, pointing into my mother's purse, "bringing that poison into a health store."

    The "poison" he referred to was a bottle of Diet Coke.

    My mom and I laughed and smiled.

    "I know," I said. "It's terrible."

    "But not calorie-wise," she added.

    This set off an entire lecture wherein the words "poison," "neurotoxin," and "better off with regular Coke" abounded.

    Did you know...

    That the more diet soda you drink, the more likely you are to be obese?-

    That giving your body something sweet while actually contributing no calories may make it crave additional calories later?-

    That most diet sodas contain aspartame which chronic illnesses affected by neural loss such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, dementia and neuroendocrine disorders. Other side effects of aspartame include headaches, migraines, gastric distress, abdominal pains, vision problems, anxiety attacks, depression, fatigue and sleep issues?

    That drinking diet soda makes you more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease?- The New York Times

    That diet soda has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack? -ABC News

    Jeez. I definitely didn't know any of that. And you know... it kills me to say this, but I think I'm gonna try to give the stuff up and stick to water. I've already had 3 Diet Cokes today before I started researching for this blog.

    This is gonna be rough.
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